hairylunch (hairylunch) wrote,

School of Dreams: Admissions

Whitney is competitive to get into. It's grades 7-12, and it's a magnet school that only takes students who score high enough on an entrance exam. The community values acceptance into the school, with Humes providing examples of just how far parents will go to get their children admitted:
"I'm very wealthy," one father assured the principal during one especially tight admissions year in the eighties. "I'll be happy to make a large donation once my son is admitted. What amount would you like?" A mother with a child on the waiting list, meanwhile, took a different tack: "I'd do anything to get my daughter into Whitney," she said, closing Beall's office door, leaning close to him, and staring meaningfully into his eyes. "Anything."
On one hand it's awesome to see parents that involved, on the other what kind of values are they teaching?

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